Prepare for a Trip
Please understand that payment and arrival in Tanzania
constitutes acceptance of our booking conditions. We would
recommend you bring a copy to Tanzania with you.
to fluid nature of visa requirements throughout Africa,
we recommend that all of our guests check the current situation
with their local Tanzanian embassy at least two months prior
to their arrival.
For expedited service I recomend contacting:
United Republic of Tanzania
Permanent Mission To The U.N.
307 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
Tel: 212-697-3612, Fax: 212-697-3618.
for visitors to Tanzania
By far the largest health concern raised by travelers to
Africa revolves around the issue of Malaria. Rather than
provide you with reams of information regarding the malaria
carrying female Anopheles mosquito and the prevention and
cure of the disease, we would far rather refer you to your
personal physician - safe in the knowledge that this professional
will provide you with the best and most up to date advice
available. Or go to http://www.cdc.gov
We are no longer authorized to offer recommendations for
travel insurance. You can receive information by googling
information on you computer. However, Good Earth Tours and
Safaris will offer complimentary evacuation insurance if
accident should occur during the safari. Jim will walk
you through procedures with Squaremouth.
Before you depart home it is close to essential that three
items occur on your safari shopping list (if you don't already
- A quality SRL or digital camera with the facility to
carry a lens of 2OOmm or more will greatly increase 'your
chances of taking that award winning shot of the fight
between the leopard and male baboon.
- Let Jim guide you along the way to proper binoculars.
- A small Maglight type flashlight with spare bulb and
an extra set of SurefireŠ batteries will make finding
your tent at night a more comfortable experience.
- Sunglasses, contact lenses and spare glasses in case
you are affected by dust
- Broad-brimmed Hat
- Long and short-sleeved cotton shirts (rather than tee-shirts
open necks are more comfortable in the heat of the day)
- Shorts / skirts
- Long trousers--the quick-dry synthetics are best these
- Bathing suit, staff will inform you on pools along
- Underwear (ladies may appreciate the extra support
given by an athletic bra - our roads can be rather rough!)
NB:Ladies undergarments must be hand washed by yourseves
- Comfortable walking shoes - canvas or leather combos
- Sandals / thongs, rubber souled flipflops to ward against
slippery showers & tile floors
- Sweater or fleece jacket
- Light rain jacket
- SunBlock and after sun lotion
- Insect repellent
- Basic ointments (antiseptic/anti-irritant)
- Zip lack bags for your toiletries laundry and electronic
When packing you should bear in mind the areas that you
are to visit. All year round northern Tanzania plays host
to an enviable temperate weather pattern. On the whole you
would do well to expect very pleasant daytime temperatures
in all locations and cool evenings. As variation nighttime
temperatures on the rim of the Ngorongono Crater reach "chilly"
and coastal Zanzibar and the southern parks of the Selous
and the Ruahe are decidedly warmer.
In recent years the rainy seasons have become less predictable
but as an indication you may expect the long rains in late
March, April and May, the short rains should fall in October,
November and early December. In either case you should bear
in mind that rain in Africa is always a blessing and infrequently
more than a minor inconvenience Both sunsets and Savannahs
are often at their most stunning after a brief downpour.
We offer a choice or continental or full English breakfast
and a buffet style lunch or picnic. Depending on the activities
of the day. Supper is a more formal four-course affair The
East African diet is traditional end hearty - a prefect
accompaniment to the environment although if you have any
specific dietary requirements we will take pleasure in accommodating
you - but please advise us in advance.
Throughout your safari you will find that bottled (and
thus recyclable) sodas and local beers are plentiful - please
note however that diet and caffeine free drinks are not
yet available (unless noted otherwise in your detailed itinerary,
your drinks are not included in your safari price). We should
also like to encourage you to sample local wines that are
rapidly improving in quality and reputation.
Laundry facilities (dependent upon water availability}
are available at all accommodations. Please note that at
certain locations a fee may be charged.
All the companies that we use for transfers, whether they
be scheduled or chartered are locally licensed and fully
Main electricity in Tanzania is 240 volts 50 cycles In
bush locations, power is supplied by a generator that will
function in the evening until about 2300 hours. Sockets
are of the British 3 square pin variety and while adapters
are available at some reception desks we would recommend
traveling with your own.
Local currency is the Tanzanian shilling and is freely
convertible although we would urge you strongly to never
exchange money with street venders As a precaution we urge
all our guests to either keep their valuables with them
or to take advantage of lodge safe deposit boxes - never
to leave them, however carefully hidden, in their room or
tent. In tented camps allow your guide to handle those securities.
Curio shopping in Tanzania has been elevated to an art
form - you cannot be too outgoing when bargaining, so do
not be shy.
The following are ever popular:
- Maasai beadwork
- Hard wood carvings
- Tribal masks
Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania and is
spoken throughout the county, although English has become
the lingua franca of the tourism industry.
Please bear in mind the fact that international airlines
frequently overbook departures these days often resulting
in passengers being 'bumped' from the flight Early arrival
at your airport is recommended, as is re-confirmation 72
hours before flying.